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Air Force: Our New Tanker Should Be Ready for War in 3 or 4 Years

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A long list of technical problems means the KC-46 tanker will not be battle-ready for at least three to four years, a top U.S. Air Force general said Wednesday. (www.govexec.com) 기타...

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TorontoJeff
"The last plane was delivered debris free". Something seriously wrong this picture if that's a highlight.
sgbelverta
The culture of the military is of honor and a trust of your fellow soldier. When these folks collide with the corrupt business practices of many vendors, you aren't going to get a good outcome. It is not the nature of the military to constantly question your superiors which needs to be done when working with contractors. The military needs a department of Guido to beat on contractors and keep them in-line.
djames225
Why in the H do engineers have to make things so stupid. Mount a camera on the boom and a camera on the tail and have 2 monitors..both camera would have night visibility..aircraft gets close, you can then watch the boom to make sure it's on target, guiding both it and the pilot...smh.
ToddBaldwin3
Or, for that matter, what's wrong with the old system? A window for the good ole Mark I eyeball.
RECOR10
RECOR10 0
You are forgetting the time needed for all the corruption in a typical Govt Contract.
siriusloon
Boeing. 'Nuff said.
Jackx9
Boeing > Airbus. 'Nuff said.
babyracer
https://imgur.com/DnFRBgM
djames225
Boeing is not better than Airbus so quit with the "King Boeing" With Boeings BS as of late, this just adds to it. This is Not the Boeing I admired of yesteryear!
nasdisco
Chris B 1
Boeing gets a massive amount of money from the US Gov (you and me) every year. #1 recipient of Tax payer dollars. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2019/03/27/lockheed-martin-boeing-get-most-money-federal-government/39232293/

Whether its a bag of bolts or tools (in Boeing speak spare parts), the loss of confidence in Boeing is massive.

Losing the refueling contract would have been good for Boeing. Sometimes you need a slap in the face to wake up to your problems.
djames225
What I cannot wrap my head around, is how is it the 179 tankers will only cost about $45 Bil according to the GOA office? I think someone must have slipped badly with a math mistake. That would put each unit, that has a Boeing cost of $223 mil, plus maintenance, @ roughly $26 mil each.
bizprop
bizprop 1
Nice to know our money was well spent on these bags of bolts. Disgrace
RECOR10
RECOR10 -2
Am I the only one who see's humor in the Vietnam era Warthog getting fuel?
yr2012
The first A10 entered service the year after VN war ended.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -1
So, Vietnam era then....
djames225
It's a heck of an aircraft but without flexibility in the end of the boom, it's going to be 1 of the hardest to re-fuel.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -3
Am I the only one who see's humor in the Vietnam ere Warthog getting fuel....

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